All Aperture Funds with Full 2020 Calendar Year Performance Beat Their Benchmarks

NEW YORK--()--Aperture Investors, a disruptive asset manager focused on identifying portfolio managers who can consistently beat their benchmarks and incentivizing them to do so, has released full year 2020 results for its funds. All of those which were live on Jan. 1, 2020 and therefore had full-year track records, outperformed their respective benchmarks.

The Aperture Discover Equity (’40 Act), Endeavour Equity (’40 Act, UCITS), European Innovation (UCITS), New World Opportunities (’40 Act, UCITS) and Credit Opportunities (UCITS) funds outperformed by 39.03 percent, 15.29 percent, 12.66 percent, 14.45 percent, 3.45 percent, 3.37 percent and 3.75 percent respectively net of fees in 2020[1] (representing total returns for the year of 58.99 percent, 30.24 percent, 27.61 percent, 11.13 percent, 7.98 percent, 7.90 percent and 6.11 percent - net of fees).[2] The applicable links provide the standard performance of the US-registered ’40 Act funds.

In ‘40 Act vehicles, Aperture’s Discover Equity Fund was 1st percentile in Morningstar’s Small-Blend category, Aperture’s New World Opportunities Fund was 8th percentile in Morningstar’s Emerging Markets Bond Category, and Aperture’s Endeavour Equity Fund was 17th percentile in Morningstar’s World Large Stock Category.

In UCITS, Aperture’s New World Opportunities Fund was 14th percentile in Morningstar’s EAA Fund Global Emerging Markets Bond Category, Aperture’s Credit Opportunities Fund was 25th percentile in Morningstar’s EAA Alt-Long/Short Credit Category, Aperture’s Endeavour Equity Fund was 4th percentile in Morningstar’s EAA Fund Global Large-Cap Blend Equity Category, and Aperture’s European Innovation Fund was 5th percentile in Morningstar’s EAA Fund Europe Large-Cap Blend Equity Category.

These results are atypical, to say the least,” said Peter Kraus, Chairman and CEO, Aperture Investors. “But Aperture’s founding mission is to solve the misalignment between asset managers and clients, which often leads managers to prioritize asset growth over performance. We’ve hired managers who believe that they can consistently outperform. And we link both our fees and our manager compensation to that outperformance. As such we think we’ve defined success in the same way as our clients - superior returns - not bigger funds. We’re paying managers to make consistent and thoughtful investment decisions rather than to be asset-gatherers, and we think our 2020 results speak for themselves.”

Aperture launched its first strategy just two years ago on January 2, 2019 and in the following 24 months has launched an additional six. Together, these strategies now manage over $3B in assets. Aperture believes that its performance through 2020’s historic volatility is a testament to its managers and the model within which they operate.

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Aperture is reestablishing trust in the asset management industry by aligning client interests with its own. Its mission is outperformance. Aperture strategies charge low fees comparable with passive ETFs in the same category, when performance is at or below stated benchmarks. When and only when returns are generated in excess of a strategy’s benchmark, Aperture charges a performance-linked fee. Aperture investment teams are also compensated primarily on outperformance rather than assets under management. Led by industry veteran Peter Kraus in partnership with Generali, one of the world’s largest insurers, Aperture’s mission is embedded in its fee and compensation structures, as well as in the ways it openly engages with the investing community online. To learn more about Aperture, its managers, and its innovative structure, visit us at


[1] Benchmarks for the funds mentioned are the Russell 2000 Total Return Index, MSCI ACWI hedged to USD Net Total Return Index, MSCI Europe Net Total Return EUR Index, Bloomberg Barclays EM USD Aggregate 1-5 Year Total Return Index and SOFR +2 percent respectively.

[2] Outperformance is defined as the difference between the return of the Fund and the return of the Fund’s stated benchmark. The fee and benchmark will be adjusted to reflect the impact of share class hedging and distribution fees, where applicable.

Total number of funds in each Morningstar category in 2020: Small Blend (671), Emerging Markets Bond (274), World Large Stock (867).

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